‘San Loco’ Eyes East Village Return
It was two years ago that an exorbitant rent hike forced the original San Loco from their East Village perch after a three-decade run on Second Avenue. The larger sister restaurant remained on Stanton Street to pick up the slack; as did outer-borough locations (until recently).
Now, the long-running “gringo mex” taqueria is more than likely returning to its old stomping grounds. A liquor license application currently appears on next month’s Community Board 3 agenda for the space at 311 Avenue C. Co-owner Kimo Hing also confirmed the news in an email, but stated that “nothing’s finalized yet.”
Brothers Craig and Darrell Nelsen started San Loco on Second Avenue in 1986, at a time when “New York City’s East Village was a wasteland when it came to Mexican food,” according to its official bio. A decade later, Craig’s sister Jill Hing and her husband Kimo took over.
With new locations and closures of late, it’s been a busy few years of churn for the team. Other outposts to come and go…
Stanton Street – considered the flagship and still running strong
Bushwick – opened in February 2017; closed July 2018
Williamsburg – opened in 2006 on North 6th; moved to Driggs Avenue in 2014; and closed February 2019
Avenue A – opened in 1999; closed February 2014